—the “latest big thing in recorder playing”
A few years back we filmed our first concert with teenage Dutch recorder player Lucie Horsch. While she was relatively little known at the time, the video went viral—earning over 200,000 hits.
Today, at 21, she is a leading ambassador for the recorder, which has claim to being the most beguiling classical instrument ever invented. The Decca-signed virtuoso is the “latest big thing in recorder playing” (The Guardian) who possesses “fearsome virtuosity and superb technique” (BBC Music Magazine).
At the MCO, we can’t help but feel sorry for those who missed her past two concerts with us. Nearly everyone is obliged to play the recorder in elementary school. But where most of us squawked and hooted, Horsch flutters and trills with the graceful agility of a master quickly in the making. School groups, who flocked to Lucie after the show like she was a rock-star, were as thrilled by this concert as everyone else. This is truly a performer for all ages.
It’s inspiring for young people to learn that Lucie began the recorder around the same time as many of them: at the age of five. At nine, a televised performance of hers caused something of a national sensation. In her early teens she represented The Netherlands at Eurovision, and in 2016 was awarded the prestigious Concertgebouw Young Talent Award. About her debut CD, BBC Music Magazine writes, “This is a disc to buy, and display in years to come as the start of a distinguished career.”
This evening’s program includes Wennäkoski, Kulesha, and two works by Haydn.
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Manitoba Chamber Orchestra
Anne Manson, Music Director
Karl Stobbe, Concertmaster
6 April 2021
Anne Manson, conductor
Lucie Horsch, recorder
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